Change-Agents have a natural affinity for starting businesses.

Sometimes a brand comes along and embodies the meaning of change, that brand of course is Apple. We felt it only reasonable to quote one of their famous ads.

 “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” Apple Inc. motto

It is hard to deny that businesses change the world so it is only fitting that many people that start businesses are change-agents driven by the idea of doing things differently. Henry Ford, Wright Brothers, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and so many others chose businesses as the vehicle they would use to create change.

We found 15 reasons why people start businesses.

For a look at the 15 reasons as well as the personality traits that are most commonly found in entrepreneurs please visit the full study here: Why people start businesses.

What did change-agents that started a business have to say?

“I wanted to do something that I was passionate about, something that made the world a better place. There wasn’t anyone doing this, (offering 100% transparency in the nutritional supplement space), so we’re fixing the supplement industry.”

Calloway Cook, Illuminate Labs

“I’ve always thought about how things work and wondered why they work in a particular way. I’ve also gotten frustrated with the chain of command that I’ve been subjected to in regular office jobs. So having a more level, flat organization, having more communication, not doing things a certain way because they’ve always been done that way has always resonated with me. That’s ruffled some feathers in the past because people don’t like change.”

James McGrath, Yoreevo

My co-founder and I believe that status-quo tech assessment platforms are
not a fair way for companies to evaluate engineers. We started Adaface to
help companies find great engineers by assessing on-the-job skills required
for a role.

Deepti, Chopra, Adaface

My co-founder and I were masters of the 9 to 5 – working at a high-growth tech start-up, and we realized that there weren’t a lot of lunch options being provided for us as vegans and vegetarians. We asked the question: “Could the work lunch be better?”

Emily Endara, Sifted

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